According to some of the latest reports, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be the base for the new Dodge Caliber, just without the Italian flare and style. The new Caliber is set to arrive in late 2011 as the 2012 model.
This is all according to USA Today who credits Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, as saying that the Giulietta will serve as a Dodge. As rumors go, this one is quite good, as the company’s five year plan shows the Caliber being discontinued in 2011, and Chrysler will need to fill that hole.
A new successful small car is hugely important for Chrysler, as they will have nothing to compete against the Ford Fiesta and Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze and the new Aveo. A vehicle based on the gorgeous Giuliette might be what the company needs.
Recently, Fiat has expressed interest in expanding their stake in Chrysler beyond 20 percent and the only way that happens is if they have big success in the U.S and the Giulietta might be just what the doctor ordered.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has made it clear that despite Volkswagen’s interest in purchasing the beleaguered Alfa Romeo, Fiat has no plans of selling the Italian brand.
Reports are saying that Marchionne has every intention of holding on to Alfa Romeo despite the brand losing $416 million a year, an estimate made by Max Warburton, a Sanford C. Bernstein analyst in London.
Fiat has already invested 2 billion on the brand and Marchionne still has plans of reviving Alfa Romeo. One of the moves he has made in doing so is bringing the car back to the US beginning in 2012 with the Giulia sedan and another SUV that the company is building in collaboration with Chrysler.
Yet despite the moves that are being made, it’s still a far-fetched assumption to think that the brand can sell 300,000 units a year by 2013 – Marchionne’s benchmark – especially when you consider that in the first nine months of this year, Alfa Romeo has sputtered to meet 80,000 units.
Apparently, the car burned down as a result of a short-circuit involving its battery that, as you can plainly see, led to the car getting barbecued beyond recognition. There were only 500 of these models ever made and from our understanding, this is the first of its kind to meet its maker, and it did so in a rather unfortunate ball of smoldering flames.
We long for a world where cars – exotic or not – are spared from these kinds of ordeals. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, and we’re going to have to live through seeing more of these in the future.
Let’s just hope that in the future, it comes in small and infrequent doses.
A lot of us may not be familiar with Federico B. Alliney, but those in the entertainment industry certainly know who he is. You see, when director James Cameron was looking for somebody to create the world of Avatar, he turned to Alliney to create it for him. So really, if you’ve seen the movie, you should know that Alliney has his imprints all over it.
That being said, one manufacturer has likewise turned to the artist for some help, only this time, it’s not to create a world of over-sized blue creatures, but for a collection of artworks featuring some of its most iconic models.
Alfa Romeo, together with Federico B. Alliney, have created the “Cross and the Snake” collection, seven pieces of art that highlight some of the most beautiful Alfas in history, including the Carabo concept, the Disco Volante, and the BAT 9. Each car appears with a unique location set against a number of backdrops, including a Texaco gas station, an abandoned greenhouse, a race track, an Avatar-esque jungle, and, of course, the Bat Cave.
Each of the artworks will be limited to 30 reproductions so if you find any of these worth buying, you better act fast before all of the pieces are scooped up.
Marco Procaccini is no stranger to designing Alfa Romeo concepts, having done so with a number of Alfa concepts in the past. Now, the designer has a new study in the works called the Alfa Romeo Vittorio Jano Sports Wagon.
To be fair, the concept doesn’t completely blow our minds although it’s not to say that we don’t like it because we do, just not in a breathtaking kind of way.
Among the notable design elements Procaccini used on the Vittorio Jano Sports Wagon is a more aggressive front end that comes with LED running lights on the front bumper. We’re suckers for LED running lights so any car – concept or otherwise – that has these always gets a thumbs up from us. We also liked how Procaccini retained the inverted triangle front grille that Alfa Romeo has come to be known for. There’s something to be said about a concept design that still retains part of the brand’s roots, and Procaccini was aware enough to include that in his concept.
Giuliano Mazzuoli has unveiled a special edition Contagiri Watch inspired by the legendary Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione model. It comes in white gold and carbon fiber and will be limited to 500 units. But, before you buy, you should know that they are exclusively reserved for the fortunate owners of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
This watch is like no other in which the number setup is quite unorthodox. It is setup up to look like a gauge in a car where the zero is at the southernmost point of the watch with the one-hand moving in an arc of 270°. When the hand gets to the 12, it repositions itself back to the zero position where you will find the historic green four-leaf clover symbol.
The Alfa Romeo Contagiri 8C Competizione watch has a 44mm stainless steel and black diamond-like-carbon (DLC), automatic mechanical movement, and a black rubber strap with matching metal buckle. It will be limited to only 500 units and each piece will come in a watch box covered in smooth calfskin leather and reptile stamped by master Florentine artisan leather workers.
During a long history of 100 years, Alfa Romeo has created more than 70 models, and what better to draw a little attention to your brand than creating a poll among British Alfa Romeo fans to determine which one of those 70 models is the best. And the winner is...the Alfa Romeo GTAm by a hair of less than 1% over the 8C Competizione.
The Alfa Giulia GTAm was a two door coupe produced y Alfa Romeo in 1970-1971. It was powered by a 2.0 L straight-4 engine producing up to 240hp. It was derived from the standard 1750 GT Veloce production model with a SPICA mechanical fuel injection system. A highlight of the GTAm’s career was winning the 1970 European Touring Car Championship in the hands of Dutchman Toine Hezemans. It beat out the competition in this poll with a 20.4% vote. The 8C Competizione followed the GTAm with a 19.8%.
"The Giulia GTAm was a great Alfa and a deserved winner. It’s really interesting to see how people voted in the poll. We all have our favorites which is testament to the fantastic cars Alfa Romeo has produced over the past century." For those of you interested, the latest GTAm is on sale in dealerships across the UK.
A German news organization is reporting that automotive giant, Volkswagen, has a strong interest in Alfa Romeo. That would mean that Fiat would have to sell Alfa to the Germans, something that they don’t seem to want to do.
Volkswagen has already said that they plan to become the world’s largest car company before 2018 and, in order to accomplish that goal, the company has set aside a $22.3 billion rainy day fund, in case they need to acquire a new company.
Automobilwoche is reporting that Volkswagen has a strong interest in the Italian brand. One VW official was quoted as saying, “If such a treasure could be had, we must not hesitate … too long.”
VW has wanted Alfa for quite some time, because their rival brand Seat, has not been able to sell well outside of its home market. VW believes that they could solve this problem with a historic brand such as Alfa Romeo, but they will need to find a way to get Fiat to sell.
“As already said by (Fiat CEO Sergio) Marchionne, there is no plan to sell the Alfa Romeo brand,” a Fiat spokesman told Reuters on Monday.
We hope that Volkswagen doesn’t get Alfa, because part of the reason why we love them so much is down to their Italian flair and design. Their passionate and soulful engineering is what has made automotive journalists love them so much.
There’s some bad news for both the Alfa Romeo Brera and theSpider: starting this fall the two models will be going out of production after only a five year stint in the real world. That’s not all; neither of the two models will get a successor. Bad news all around.
The Brera was designed by Pininfarina and was considered one of the most beautiful cars in the world, at least according to Jeremy Clarkson. However, despite this, the car has never really been a financial success for the company. Many feel that both the Brera and the Spider have never received a challenging enough engine.
The Alfa Romeo Brera was offered with a range of outstanding high-tech power units that offered generous performances: a 185 bhp 2.2 unit and a 260 bhp 3.2 V6 unit, both JTS direct injection petrol units. For the Spider, a 1.8 16V and 2.0 16v Twin Spark engines were available along with a 2.0 V6 turbo that produced 200bhp or a 3.0 V6 in either 12 (192 bhp) or 24 valves (220 bhp).
Now it’s time for both models to swim with the fishes.
Alfa Romeo UK has unveiled the special edition MiTo Turismo Sport that will go on sale this month. This special edition is priced at £12,895 and will be offered in three exterior colors –Solid Black (as standard), Biancospino White, and the new Alfa Metallic Red.
The new Mito Turismo Sport will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 1.4 16V 95bhp petrol version and a 1.3 JTDM-2 95bhp MultiJet turbodiesel. Thanks to these two engines, the special edition will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11.6 seconds.
Next to the list of impressive standard equipment found in the MiTo Turismo model (including air conditioning and state-of-the-art Alfa D.N.A technology), the new Alfa MiTo Turismo Sport special edition also gets 16" alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, cruise control, Blue & Me technology, fog lights, and a leather steering wheel incorporating audio and phone controls.